Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Blue Jays to open 2018 season March 29 against Yankees

Blue Jays to open 2018 season March 29 against Yankees

Kudos to Darwin Barney for managing to look good all while panicking his way towards a base ... all while making it safe into third.

It was hard to miss the grimace of pain on the face of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin as he gingerly made his way toward first base after hitting a grounder in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 11. The players felt they needed more rest to handle the grind of the 162-game schedule, and in accordance with that, the two sides agreed to a complex formula by which getaway-day games will be played earlier (as long as they're not nationally televised) when either team has to travel a long distance to its next game.

"Really awesome", Maile said. "Not to say you don't enjoy the three-run homer because that always plays". This moment was just a reminder that joy can still be had in watching Blue Jays games this year. "There's only a couple of weeks left; it's important to him".

Gibbons said he'd like to see his No. 1 catcher go through another round of batting practice on Wednesday. I could have gone either way, you know. "But he wants to do it, so".

"As a professional, when you're ready to go, you're ready to go", came Martin's response. His production this season, however, has dipped in concert with Blue Jays' fortunes. And if you're healthy, you go play and help your team win. Baltimore looks to halt its five-game losing streak when it visits the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday for the middle contest of their three-game series.

Freddie Freeman hit a three-run home run off Gio Gonzalez and Julio Teheran threw seven shutout innings as the Atlanta Braves cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals, who were fresh off clinching the NL East. Gonzalez struggled in allowing five earned runs on seven hits in five innings as he struck out eight. It was his first four-out save opportunity since August 5 against the Detroit Tigers. The remaining four are 1:07, which has been the normal starting time in the past.

Stroman returned six days later and allowed six hits and four runs in six innings in a loss to the Detroit Tigers.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.12 ERA) vs.

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